Highlands teams fall to national powers

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By The Staff

Nobody could much argue about strength of schedule for New Mexico Highlands opponents this past week.

The NMHU women’s soccer and volleyball teams both faced nationally ranked teams in recent days, with both meetings resulting in defeat.

For Cowgirl soccer, Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss at Fort Lewis in Durango, Colo., was the squad’s first blemish of the fall schedule.

Fort Lewis came into the match ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division II.  

After a scoreless first half, the Skyhawks broke the ice in the 54th minute when Sam Weiss delivered a cross to Brooke Milliet for a goal.  

The Cowgirls got the equalizer in the 62nd minute, when Andre Duke’s miss was rebounded by Grace Thompson, who punched the ball in for her first goal of the year.  

But within five minutes, FLC (6-0)answered with the eventual game-winner — Nicole Schumacher’s free kick from 30 yards away.

The Cowgirls are 3-1-2 overall.

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On Tuesday in Canyon, Texas, the No. 12 rated West Texas A&M volleyball team swept NMHU 25-16, 25-16, 25-22 to move to 10-3 overall.

Darian Mullen had 10 kills to lead Highlands. Alicia Moreno had eight and Jazmine Harge seven.

The Cowgirls are 6-5 overall and have eclipsed last season’s win total.